Robert studied Medicine at Downing College, Cambridge University (1990-95), and was awarded the Whitby Medical Scholarship in 1992. After basic medical training, he pursued a research interest in the staging of patients with primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), for which he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine.
After undertaking General Surgery specialist registrar training in South London, Kent and Sussex, he followed his long-term ambition to practise in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery, and spent three years undergoing Fellowship training at King’s College Hospital and the Royal London Hospital, including one year as a Liver Transplant Fellow. After spending nine months as locum consultant at the Royal London Hospital, he was appointed as a substantive consultant in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in January 2011.
In November 2011, Robert was awarded an Aesculap Endoscopy Travelling Fellowship by the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (ALSGBI) and visited the Asan Medical Center and Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Robert has played a key role in developing the laparoscopic liver and pancreas resection programme in Birmingham, and routinely undertakes laparoscopic major and minor liver resections. He has also introduced robotic hepatopancreatobiliary surgery to Birmingham and has performed the first robotic liver resection in the NHS. His main clinical interests are hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgical oncology and perioperative care, and he has recently implemented enhanced recovery programmes for patients undergoing pancreatico-duodenectomy and liver resection.
Robert has been a core member of the Adrenal multidisciplinary team at University Hospital Birmingham since 2013. He performs open, laparoscopic and robotic adrenalectomy for patients with a range of benign and malignant lesions.